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Your Ultimate Guide to Pesky Bugs, Bees, and Wasps Commonly Encountered During Late Summer in Washington

Spending your summer outdoors in Washington can be bothersome, so allow us to help you learn more about the most common bugs and pests so you are better prepared for the upcoming season. In Washington, bees and wasps are usually encountered during late summer when they’re more active and most abundant. These stinging insects play a vital role in our ecological cycle, serving as pollinators and pest predators. Before going outdoors, it is important to increase awareness and understanding about the differences between bees and wasps helps in identifying and controlling potential problems and preventing unwanted sting.

One of the most common species of insects found in Washington is aphids, which are usually found in fruit trees. These bugs don’t really harm the fruit itself, although it can reduce the fruit size and it can also damage the longevity of the fruit tree. In the state of Washington, you’ll find beneficial insects such as beetles, parasitic wasps, and syrphid flies, so bugs can sting and lay eggs on aphids for fewer harmed fruits. In order to remove aphids from your fruit trees, you can attract these beneficial insects by planting specific flowers, and some legumes and asters under your fruit tree. Silverfish are also commonly found in Washington, which is wingless and nocturnal bugs, sticking in dark and warm areas of the house, and can live for months even without food. The Buffalo Treehoppers are small, color green, harmless with bison-like heads, and are usually found outdoors most especially in gardens. The largest type of ants in North America is found in Washington which is called Carpenter ants, know for biting humans with their large jaws for eating bugs and shaving timber. When you go swimming in a lake, you might encounter the giant water bug pinching your toes because they live in muddy floor, and they are very big and color dark brown.

Bumble bee and honey bee are the most commonly found bees in Washington, feeding on pollen and nectar. Bees rarely sting unless they are severely provoked because of their passive nature, and a honey bee usually sting just once. In order to avoid being attacked by bees and wasps, it is important to do the following: avoiding wearing colognes, lotions, perfumes, and hair products; keeping food and drinks covered when eating outdoors; avoiding wearing flower-patterned and bright-colored clothing; and cleaning and disposing food and garbage appropriately. Just keep still and stay calm when a wasp or bee is flying around to prevent being attacked.